After driving around in Maun looking for a nice campsite but we couldn't find much, so we drove more north.tThere are few resorts and campsites by Thamalakane river. It's about 12 km. from Maun downtown.We arrived there late afternoon and felt so hungry and thirsty.I knew that it's not eating time but I walked to their bar and restaurant to have some drinks and ask them nicely if they can make some small snack for us .They smiled ..and I noticed that they want to say no,but I kept smiling with begging eyes until they consulted to each other,finally they made us some sandwiches.I sat there enjoy the view by the river for long and drink a lot of nice cold soft drink..vow! simple but happy...
After relaxing afternoon cofee,we started to go back to our campsite to set up the tent above our vehicle before sunset.It's better to do it before sunset ,the reason was.. there still be enough light to see things around and do it before more mosquitoes arrive.Most campsites are completely dark after sunset.Only very few camp provide some light ,but mostly we have to use our own torch or candles,and these things attract mosquitoes.
Then try to take shower before dark.They provide ablution area for man and woman,with hot and cold shower and with some hand basins with mirror.That day ,there's no body using campsite ,it's only us.Other traveller stayed in bungalo (can choose from brick or reeds one),which is in another area from campsite.The campsite is more to the road.The campsite area shading by Acacia erioloba trees.That month ,the grond was qite dry so it can be very dusty,luckily there's no body around to make dust and noise,so I can sleep peacefully with only the smell and sound of nature.
I contacted staff in the reception area about Mokoro tour and paid there.This is a reason why I chose to stay here. First ,they provide Mokoro tour(transportation go and back with Mokoro and boatman), 2. Good location (by the river ,good for relaxing) 3.They have restaurant and bar,mean ..I have food and drinks, otherwise I have to drive out to town...which is no option for me, cuz my car already set the tent on top.
Most accommodation in the Okavango is only accessible by light aircraft. If you select a camp in the 'neck' of the Delta (for example, Tubu Tree), it will probably be towards the end of the 'milk run' flight that ferries tourists to and from Maun, since each flight tends to service several camps, particularly in quiet periods. This is a real bonus, as you get a 'free' aerial trip over the Swamps and see the unique ecosystem from an entirely different perspective: very few things in the Okavango come cheap (let alone free), so enjoy it!
Also make sure to enquire about the camp's proximity to water during the period that you are intending to visit - some camps are close to water after the wet season, but are 'dry' for much of the rest of the year. For many tourists, a mokoro (dug out canoe) trip is a highlight, which is obviously only possible if the camp is close to fairly permanent water.
Lastly, some of the camps offer the option of paying an up front fee for drinks to cover the duration of your stay. Drinks in remote locations can be extremely expensive (and by that point, you are probably too laid back to ask for a price list), so it is possible to run up an unexpectedly large bar bill for which you had not necessarily budgeted. We opted to pay R650 per person for our three nights at Tubu Tree, which covered all local beers and South African wines, which ended up being a good deal and avoided any unpleasant surprises.
For the budget traveller, ‘affordable’ is always a relative term in a Botswanan context, but we certainly got our money’s worth at Tubu Tree, with ridiculously luxurious ‘Out Of Africa’ tented accommodation and a personally assigned game ranger for the duration of our stay. The room was beautifully furnished with a stunning viewing platform over an open plain (that would be flooded in the wet season) and both an indoor and outdoor shower.
At the time of our visit, the lodge was run by Jackie and Justin, who are a delightful, hospitable and very knowledgeable couple for whom nothing is too much trouble. Our guide (Johnnie) was also excellent, although be warned that his passion is for leopards and big cats - so he was rather perplexed by our fascination with the smaller wildlife and struggled to understand when we were more excited by porcupines than our 4th leopard of the drive!
The food was very good - plentiful and varied but not exotic enough to be alarming. They pull out all the stops for afternoon tea, so you (and your waistline) have been warned!
Tubu Tree is towards the 'neck' of the Delta, so it is towards the end of the 'milk run' flight that ferries tourists to and from Maun. This is a real bonus, as you get a 'free' aerial trip over the Swamps, and I would recommend that anyone planning a visit to the Delta considers this when planning which camp to stay in.
The wildlife was great. In the camp, there are epauletted fruit bats nesting under the eaves of the office, which sets the tone. There were the usual ‘glamour’ sightings - for which Botswana is justly famous - we saw lots of big cats (including a recent cheetah kill, with cubs in attendance) and were all leoparded-out by the end of the trip but what really made it for us was the smaller, more unusual stuff. We saw porcupines, heaps of spring hares (beware - they're nigh on impossible to photograph!), African wild cats, honey badger and (my particular favourite), the not uncommon - but seldom seen - Cape Centipede Eater (not all that surprising given that it is a small, black nocturnal snake that lurks in rotting wood)! The birds were also excellent - we notched up 80+ species without doing any serious twitching, and by the time you leave, you'll be sick of spotting coppery-tailed coucals (usually notoriously shy and difficult to spot)!
Be mindful that Tubu Tree is only adjacent to water in the wet season - during drier weather, there is no water close by, so mokoro (dug out canoe) trips are not possible. We didn't feel that this was a major issue, but it would be a disappointment if you have anticipated this as one of the highlights of your trip.
We opted to pay an up front fee for our drinks (R650 per person for three nights) which meant that we didn't have to worry about running up an unbudgeted for tab. Given that drinks in remote locations can be very expensive (and you are usually too clutched out to ask for a price list), this is a very good scheme, and should be more widely adopted.
This was a wonderful place to begin my safari. The managers and staff were wonderful and the place was nice and peaceful.
Kwara Camp is in the private Kwando Concession just north of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. It offers the full range of delta activities, plus the added benefit of night drives (not allowed in Moremi), allowing you to see a range of nocturnal wildlife not normally seen. The staff is friendly and efficient, the guides and trackers knowledgeable, and the food and accommodations are top-notch. I highly recommend this company for their professionalism and dedication to making sure that you have the best safari experience available.
The camp is small (eight elevated tents, each with en-suite lavaltory facilities and attached, screened outdoor showers) and is situated on a large concession, which guarantees an intimate safari experience. The lodge and tents face a permanent water hole which attracts a variety of wildlife, many species considered rare or endangered.
Camping in delta was a fantastic experience that allows you to camp inthe middle of nowhere where wildlife is fre to roam in and out of your camp whenecer they feel the need! It was a fantastic experience to hear the roars of lions in the early morning and to see the elephants come down to the edge of camp for a drink.
Located about 10 kilometers out of Maun back towards Chobe Park. Has campsite and rooms, rooms/chalets are very good quality, camping area shaded by trees. Remember to lock up stuff if camping as there have been the odd theft. Bar and restaurant are good quality and a good selection. Try and climb the pole in the bar and write your name on the ceiling. Has swimming pool and can arrange trips over or into the Delta.
nice rooms, for the tourist who likes their comfort.situated on the banks of the Thamalakane river.Most rooms are air conditioned with en-suite bathrooms.breakfast is a buffet and they have room service.
situated on the Thamalakane river, picturesque, but nothing compared to what you will see when in the okavango.....
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